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A simple squatting tip

The other day, I was watching our intern, Nick, squat.  He was getting rounded over in the bottom a bit, and couldn’t figure out why as he hasn’t been coached all that much. In all honesty, it’s a very common issue, and one that I used to have happen to myself all the time.  There […]

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A great Olympic lifting resource…

Several years ago, I took the USA Weightlifting Club Coach certification course.  Basically, in a weekend you learn how to teach and coach the Olympic lifts. The problem, herein, lies with the process.  I had been teaching/coaching the lifts for several years while at Ball State, but I hadn’t had any formal coaching in the […]

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Exercise of the Week: Chain Push-ups

In this edition of “Exercise of the Week,” we’re going to feature a new(ish) version of an old exercise. The chain resisted push-up is great for several reasons: 1 – Push-ups are great because they increase serratus and rotator cuff activation levels.  The chain resisted version only further increases the intensity of the exercise. 2 […]

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Exercise of the Week: The Band-Assisted Chin-up

In this edition of Exercise of the Week, we’re going to talk about one of my personal favorites, the Band Assisted Chin-up. Obviously, not everyone is strong enough to perform a chin-up/pull-up the first day they hit the gym.  That’s ok.  Instead of spending weeks (or even months) on geeky machines that provide a mismatched […]

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Squatting 101

“The squat is the king of all exercises.” If you’ve trained long enough, chances are you’ve heard that before. And for good reason; the squat may be the single best lift you can perform in the weight room. Unfortunately, many people have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to squatting. Not to mention […]

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Exercise of the Week: Face Pulls

In this edition of Exercise of the Week, I’m going to feature the face pull.  The face pull is an excellent exercise for developing the low and middle trapezius, as well as the external rotators of the shoulder. Key points to remember when performing this exercise include: –  Keep your chest out!  Many will collapse […]

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Simple tips to squat deeper

One question I get all the time is, “My back tucks under when I squat – is this ok?  And how can I fix it?” To answer the first question, no, it’s not ok.  This tucking, buttwinking, or whatever you want to call it puts the spine under repetitive flexion.  Do it long enough and […]

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Exercise of the Week: Split-Stance Cable Push

I’m going to start a new segment of the blog, appropriately titled “The Exercise of the Week.”  In this case, I’ll post a new or old exercise and reasons why you may want to include it in your programming.  The first exercise up on our list is the split-stance cable push. This exercise is excellent […]

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Row Right: Get More Bang For Your Buck

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Big backs are way cool. Whether it’s the back of a bodybuilder like Dorian Yates or Ronnie Coleman, a powerlifter like Ed Coan, or an Olympic lifter like Pyrros Dimas, big backs are a byproduct of moving heavy iron for an extended period of time. You can’t pump and cramp your […]

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Olympic vs. Powerlifting Squats

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com There’s a rivalry in the iron world between the Olympic lifters and the powerlifters as to who’s stronger. This argument has invariably led to the two camps debating which one squats more and who has the better style of squatting. The reality is this is like the old cliché of comparing […]

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Perfecting The Romanian Deadlift

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com The Romanian Deadlift, or RDL, is an excellent lift for developing strength and muscle mass in the posterior chain. Whether your goal is a great physique, a bigger squat or deadlift, or to run faster and jump higher, the RDL can help get you there. Unfortunately, the RDL is one of […]

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Hardcore Lunge

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com The lunge is one of the best exercises you can do in the gym. Unfortunately, the performance of the “lunge” by your average gym-goer is about as baffling as nipples on men. Some things just don’t add up. Whether your goal is improved performance, wheels of steel, or a bigger total, […]

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Yo, How Much Ya Bench?

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Striving for the Big Bench I recently had the privilege of being an assistant coach for the USA’s World Bench Press Team. While I was there I refused to sleep more than a few hours a night; I wasn’t about to miss out on learning some kick-ass tips and tricks to […]

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6 Tricks For a Sexy Squat

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Confessions of an Ugly Squatter This article is dedicated to those of you that either aren’t squatting, or squatting with weights well below what you should be using because you have bad levers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people bitch and moan about having a short back, […]

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Wanna Grow? Gotta Row!

Originally Posted at www-t-nation.com Death by Bench Press! (Or at least you may get a nasty imbalance) Where are you going to be in five years? Will you have added 30 pounds of solid muscle? Will you have put hundreds of pounds on your powerlifting total? Or will you be a has-been who talks about […]

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